Environment News

Climate Change & Fragility as a Foreign Policy Priority: A New G7 Report

Apr 15, 2015
At the close of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Lübeck today, a new independent report titled "A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks" was released. The report, co-authored by the Wilson Center, recommends concrete actions that foreign ministers can take to increase the resilience of fragile and conflict-affected states to climate-related security risks.

INFOGRAPHIC: Conquering China’s Sludge Mountains

Apr 10, 2015
While Chinese officials make full frontal regulatory attacks on smog, untreated sludge, an often toxic byproduct from sewage treatment, continues to quietly spread into groundwater and contaminate soil and food.

Yemen’s Other Crisis

Apr 10, 2015
"Saudi Arabia is maintaining its air offensive in Yemen, and Houthi rebels continue to stage assaults. But another crisis is raging in Yemen that could pose an existential threat to one of the world’s most troubled nations," writes Michael Kugelman.

Two Decades Trying to Solve China’s Environmental Problems: An Interview With WWF’s Tao Hu

Apr 08, 2015
Despite some critics, the U.S.-China agreement over carbon emissions achieved last November has sparked remarkable optimism in global climate negotiations. It’s also opened the door to new bilateral engagement between the U.S. and Chinese environmental communities on other issues, including China’s massive air pollution problems (16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China).

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Apr 01, 2015
On March 24 we hosted the DC Environmental Film Festival to screen two new documentaries, each telling local stories of global trends. SPSS Blog, the weekly blog of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy journal, came to the Wilson Center to cover the event.

China’s Water-Energy-Food Roadmap: A New Global Choke Point Report

Apr 01, 2015
The creation of a water-energy research initiative in the landmark U.S.-China climate agreement last fall could be the beginning of a new and different path for Sino-U.S. collaboration.

China Daily Reported Documentary Cotton Road Screening at Wilson Center

Apr 01, 2015
A documentary film, The Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel was shown on March 18th at the Woodrow Wilson Center as part of the 23rd Environmental Film Festival in Washington. The film takes viewers on a journey with cotton from South Carolina to China that tries to stitch together some answers. More than 160 films from 31 countries are screened to promote dialogue and build understanding of environmental challenges and opportunities.

Broken Landscape: India’s Energy-Water Choke Point

Apr 01, 2015
Across the planet, two fundamental human needs --- energy and water --- often find themselves on a collision course. A new documentary looks at one such choke point in India, where coal mining and its negative environmental impact on water is the source of a regulatory battle with significant implications. We spoke with the filmmaker to learn more about this complex clash of needs. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
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Event Summary: Climate Change Adaptation, Urban Planning, and the Private Sector in Colombia

Mar 31, 2015
Summary and materials from the event, "Cambio Climatico y Planificacion Territorio: Casos de Estudio de Adaptacion en Politicas Urabanas y Sector Privado" in Bogota, Colombia.

Island Communities: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

Mar 27, 2015
While there’s no doubt that rising sea levels and other implications of climate change pose serious threats to island nations, it is also true that such locales have much experience adapting to harsh environments. Roger-Mark De Souza suggests that we can learn from island communities and that they have the potential to be “champions of resilience.” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.